Posted on January 18 2016
You’ve heard the saying, "Co-washing is like washing dirty clothes in fabric softener". This has caused a lot of women who swear by co-washing to get in their feelings and has created a huge division.
Co-washing became popular many years ago with the Curly Girl Method, when women were looking for alternatives to shampoos that dry out the hair. Today moisturizing shampoos that are are sulfate-free and do not dry out the hair are readily available. Today there are so many moisturizing cleansers available there really isn’t a need to resort to co-washing.
Cleansers and conditioners are not meant to do the same jobs. Cleansers remove dirt, dandruff and buildup accumulated in your hair. Conditioners improve the state of your hair by repairing, softening, and smoothing the cuticles. Traditional conditioners do not contain cleansing agents and are not meant to clean.
The only way to successfully add co-washing to your routine is to use it between your wash day to give your hair a quick pick me up. For example, if you’re active your hair gets sweaty and co-washing will help rinse out the sweat and salt buildup. However, it doesn’t replace a traditional cleanse which will remove dirt and bacteria from your scalp and hair. Try washing your hair once a week, maximum two weeks and co-wash in between washes.
Do you co-wash your hair? How do you feel about the saying "Co-washing your hair is like washing your dirty clothes in fabric softener"?